In Jason Aaron and Dennis Hallum’s Sea of Stars, gone is the cynicism and coldness of modern-day sci-fi that has ramped up ever since Ridley Scott’s Alien and Blade Runner. Instead, they’ve embraced that gee-whiz, sci-fi pep of the ’50s and ’60s. This is an adventure split in two.
What started out as a father-and-son trip across the galaxy – well, what started out as a father and son trying to reconnect after the death of their wife/mother, so the father forces the son to basically join him on a job hauling cargo like a trucker across the galaxy – has turned into a father and son separated by tens of millions of light years. With a little gumption and a whole lot of luck, the father Gil Starx is desperately trying to survive and get back to his son. The son Kaydn having no idea his father is alive, has repressed his feelings, befriended some strange space creatures, and discovered he has some incredible abilities that allow him to basically survive in space, and a whole lot more!
This comic is about the bond between a father and a son that fills me with joy to read.
As we move forward, the questions being asked are: Where does Kaydn get these incredible powers, and what will Gil put himself through to get back to Kaydn?
Despite the heavy promise of the story, the script is light and fun. Steven Green’s artwork captures that otherworldly sense of discovery. Rico Renzi’s color schemes present a universe brimming with color and life. It’s an adventure that I’ve looked forward to returning to the last couple months.
Creative Team: Jason Aaron and Dennis Hallum (writers), Stephen Green (artist), Rico Renzi (colors), Jared K. Fletcher (letters and design), Will Dennis (editor)
Publisher: Image Comics
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